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Rhinoplasty Side Effects: What You Need to Know Before Your Procedure

Dr. Vi Sharma has worked in the field of cosmetic surgery

He has a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, Monash University; and former member of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practice.

By now you have probably heard of rhinoplasty, or as it is more commonly known – nose surgery. Rhinoplasty targets a variety of problems you might have with your nose. It allows you to reshape it, make the tip of it smaller or shorter, help bring back symmetry to your face and reduce a nose that is too wide or large. Moreover, rhinoplasty can easily fix some damage done due to injuries in the past, such as a crooked nose, a bump on the nasal bridge, or breathing problems created by a blocked nasal passage!

However, rhinoplasty is still a cosmetic surgery, and cosmetic surgeries are known for having the possibility of creating undesired side effects and some serious complications. These chances are, of course, reduced to a minimum when the procedure is done by a skilled professional (such as one of our experienced doctors at Skin Club Australia), but you still deserve to know what could possibly go wrong. Do not worry, though – these symptoms are not as severe as you may think and the whole procedure is among the minimal-riskst ones there are!

Rhinoplasty Side Effects

Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is a surgical procedure that involves reshaping the nose to improve its appearance or function. While the procedure can provide significant benefits, it also comes with a range of potential side effects. In this blog post, we will be discussing some of the most common rhinoplasty side effects.

  1. Pain and Discomfort: After the rhinoplasty procedure, it is common to experience some pain and discomfort. This can be managed with pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. It is also common to experience swelling, bruising, and a feeling of congestion in the nose.
  2. Infection: As with any surgery, there is a risk of infection with rhinoplasty. Signs of infection include fever, increased pain, and discharge from the surgical site. It is important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully to minimize the risk of infection.
  3. Nasal Obstruction: After rhinoplasty, it is common for patients to experience some level of nasal obstruction. This can be due to swelling in the nasal passages, and it usually resolves within a few weeks. In some cases, however, nasal obstruction can be a long-term side effect of the surgery.
  4. Scarring: Although rhinoplasty incisions are typically made inside the nose or in inconspicuous areas, there is still a risk of scarring. Scarring can be minimized by choosing an experienced surgeon and following their post-operative instructions.
  5. Altered Sense of Smell: Some patients may experience a temporary or permanent loss of their sense of smell after rhinoplasty. This can be due to swelling in the nasal passages or damage to the nerves that control the sense of smell. In most cases, the sense of smell returns within a few weeks or months, but in some cases, it can be permanent.

The recovery period

What you might think are side effects might actually be something entirely different – the recovery period! As with most surgical treatments, there is some downtime to be expected and you might feel some discomfort during it. Prepare to take around two weeks off work to help your body recover! During that time, make sure to relax and not put your body through much stress, as it could provoke bleeding or other complications.

You should also keep in mind that it is ill-advised to drive for a couple of days after the surgery, so try and keep off the wheel. The downtime should tone down a bit after those first two weeks, but there might still be some swelling and redness after that. It usually takes a couple of months for the full effect of the surgery to kick in, but it might even take up to half a year for the swelling to disappear completely.

Rhinoplasty and its side effects

During your first week after the surgery, you will probably have to wear a splint and have some stitches in your nose. If you had dissolvable stitches, those will get rid of themselves in time. If you had regular ones, you will have to visit the clinic again and have them removed. After three weeks you should have recovered enough to swim, but before that try to avoid contact with water, especially on your face. After a month or two you should be back to your old state and can partake in sports and do physical exercise without a worry!

Side effects – What to expect

That being said, sometimes some things just do not go as planned. Even when the surgery is done by a skilled expert, a human body is known to react in unexpected ways. Let us tell you about some of these side effects which are pretty common, so you can better prepare yourself for them and not get scared when they happen.

First of all, you will have a blocked nose at least for a couple of days, often up to a week. During that time you will need to breathe fully through your mouth. Do not blow your nose or try to force the air through it – get used to breathing through your mouth! Moreover, your nose might feel a little stiff and numb and so may the area around it. Try not to touch it too much and endure the uncomfortable feeling.

Do not panic when a nosebleed happens – it is not uncommon for such a thing to happen during the first few days. One of the cuts might have opened up a little, so just tilt your head forward and pinch your nostrils for a couple of minutes. Do not stop applying pressure to check if your nose still bleeds, or it might take longer than it needs!

Lastly, there might be some pain involved in the process. The process of healing after such a surgery is often annoying and also, sadly, painful. That is why most doctors prescribe pain medications to their patients to take whenever they feel especially bad. But this and other side effects should not last longer than a couple of days, so be a big boy (or girl) and you will surely pull through!

If you have any additional questions regarding rhiplasty, the Skin Club staff is always eager to help. Contact us!


While rhinoplasty can be an effective way to improve the appearance or function of the nose, it is important to be aware of the potential side effects. By choosing an experienced surgeon, following post-operative instructions carefully, and being prepared for the recovery process, patients can minimize the risk of side effects and achieve the best possible results.


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About Dr Vi

Dr Vi Sharma is a renowned and highly trained cosmetic surgeon in Sydney, practising cosmetic surgery since 2012. He has a worldwide loyal patient base. He has a bachelor of medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from Monash University. Dr Vi Sharma is a former member of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practice. Along with treating patients, he also provides training for doctors and nurses regarding aesthetic and cosmetic treatment modalities.

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